Friday, September 25, 2015

Parent Teacher Committee Notes ~ September 16, 2015

Dear Parents,

On September 16, 2015 we held our first meeting of the Parent Teacher Committee (PTC) this year. Please see the notes from our first meeting below. I am setting up a method of communication so that we may continue to share ideas. I will include all those who could not make it but were also interested in participating. We mainly discussed our upcoming Harvest Festival and did some initial planning.  

We have decided on a menu of hamburgers and hot dogs, mac and cheese, chips, fruit, salad, water, juice boxes and soda. We have also decided to sell bakery items as well. We ask that all treats be nut free, as we have several families that have nut allergies. We will also be asking for small little toys (essentially party favors) and trinkets to give away as prizes for the games.

In addition to food, we have decided on a face painting booth and a picture booth along with the many game booths we set up. We will also have the combo jumper and giant slide that has been so popular. It was so neat to see that so many went home with a nice raffle prize last year. We had prizes like gift cards, themed baskets, toys and games. Please let me know if you would like to donate a gift for our raffle. We will be asking that they arrive by Wednesday, October 21st. 

We discussed the purpose of this event as not only a community building event, but also to raise funds for projects that will enrich the indoor and outdoor experiences for the children. Currently we are looking to add an infant loft with ramp and stairs for large motor development (pictured in our last newsletter). The cost for this apparatus is about $1,300. For our Children’s House community we would like to construct several play stations for outside. Please see below for examples of types of stations we would like to build.

At the end of the meeting we discussed generating a school directory. We would like to include a picture of your child, his or her name and a contact email address or phone number. Parents have expressed that this would be helpful for setting up play dates and to put a name to a face when their children are talking about a friend that they like to play with. I will be sending out a form on Monday for you to select what information you would like to make available to the school community. We will make it available by print and provide a copy to each participating family.

Please let me know if you would like to join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, October 14 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Also, keep an eye out for the PTC communications page for more information regarding the Parent Teacher Committee.


Adam Thewes

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

News and Reminders 09/15/14

Dear Parents,

Please see the reminders and updates below:

  • Tomorrow is our Parent Teacher Committee Meeting at 5:30p.m. Please R.S.V. P if you are planning on attending. Thank you to all of you that have already committed to coming tomorrow night.

  • We have a new staff member. We wish to welcome Ms. Trish to MAU! You may see her in the class observing while she is training. She will work in all classrooms in the short term. I hope you get a chance to say hi!

  • Soccer shots has delayed the start of the Fall Soccer Season. The Fall Season will begin on 09/24/15 and run through 12/03/15. Please note the change on our Google Calendar.

  • In light of the weather today, I wish to remind everyone to please label your child's jacket. This is the number one item that gets left at school and remains unclaimed. The teacher's have also requested that I remind everyone to label your child's bedding. Thank you for helping us keep your child's belongings in order.

  • Ms. Kris will be on vacation starting this Thursday, September 17, 2015 and will return to school on Monday, September 28, 2015. Have a well deserved rest Ms. Kris!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Monday, September 28th. I sent an email with our activation code for ordering online if you prefer to do it that way. Thank you for your support!

  • Ms. Shivika's Class will be going to Tanaka Farms in Irvine on Friday, October 16th. Please let Ms. Shivika know if you would like to chaperone. We will be sending out a permission slip by the end of the week.

Stay dry today!


Adam Thewes, Administrator
Montessori Academy of Upland
235 E. Foothill Blvd., Upland CA 91786
(909) 621-1603 * FAX (909) 297-3924